So fellow travelers, we have spent three days discovering the majestic power of the mountains in Rainier and Olympic National Parks in Washington.
Mount Rainier (above) and Mount Olympus (below)
Yesterday at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Favorite Older Daughter and I hiked a trail leading to a lookout point. It was a mercifully short, but knee cracking steep climb. My daughter patiently paced her stride as I stopped to get photos and catch my breath more than a few times.
The views from the top were worth every inch we hiked.
Even more precious was this rare time alone together. “Proud” barely describes the depth of joy I feel being with the amazing young woman my daughter has become. I have not written much about her because it is not often we get to spend time together. I head back home in a few days with an increasing sense that “home” is no longer where I currently live. It’s become this wild and wondrous place I return to every summer, this place our kids call home.
While trying to describe my experience at the trail’s crest I wrote what I thought was a run on sentence, until I realized it was actually a poem
The mountains are calling and winding tendrils of awe around my heart
Ice fresh air seductively imbued with cedar fills my head with wild dreams of following endless ridges laced with enticing ribbons of trails
I would walk on and on diving below the tree line plunging deep into forests of forgetfulness and forgiveness where nothing matters but the next step
A raven calls
I turn and face the sun
and walk step by step
Walk gently on the path my friends and may adventure find you ready.